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Campaign `72 / Republican Espionage #17875

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 10, 1972
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(Studio) Washington, DC "Post" reports FBI has established that high Republican officials ordered major spy and sabotage campaign against Democrats to reassure President Nixon's reelection. Bugging of Democratic national headquarters with electronic surveillance equipment part of campaign.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Espionage operation called offensive security program. It began in 1971, and was 1st aimed at contenders for Democrat President nomination Former Treasury Department attorney Don. Segretti attempted to recruit 3 men as agent provocateurs, include Alex Shipley, now Tennessee assistant attorney general
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Nashville, Tennessee) [SHIPLEY - outlines plans laid out to him by Segretti.] (DC) Ken Clawson, White House staff mbr., said to have written "Canuck" letter which hurt Muskie in New Hampshire primary. It was publisher in Manchester "Union Leader" and said Muskie laughed at racial slur on Americans of French-Canadian descent.

(DC) [Senator Edmund MUSKIE - says "Union Leader" attacks caused him to lose much Manchester, New Hampshire, support.]
REPORTER: David Schoumacher

(DC) [House Banking Committee chairperson Wright PATMAN - calls committee back in session to reconsider its refusal to investigate Watergate case. Says Nixon is responsible.] Wants John Mitchell and Maurice Stans to testify.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Donaldson, Sam;
Reasoner, Harry;
Schoumacher, David

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